Confession is a new beginning, a fresh chance at life.
The fruits of Confession are manifold and profound. We experience them primarily in the order of grace. Sometimes we notice an immediate improvement in our prayer. Sometimes we sense renewed strength in our moral struggles—against gossip, say, or a negative attitude, or a critical spirit. Continue »
Practical Advice on Caring for a Dying Loved One
In the course of the next five years, many of us will experience the loss of a loved one. Maybe our parents are getting up in years. We may lose our husband or wife. Perhaps a close friend will become seriously ill. Continue »
Experience the Holy Spirit
Have you ever noticed the vast difference that can exist between understanding something intellectually and experiencing it personally? Before his death, Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit, but his disciples had little understanding of what he meant until the Spirit fell on them in power on Pentecost. Continue »
How does Mary mediate life to us? First, she brings Jesus to us. Let’s look at the visitation of Mary to her aged cousin, Elizabeth. Continue »
I can’t think. I can hardly pray. But I can trust and love.
My first big clue that something was very wrong came in February 2009. I was on a Christian mission trip to Costa Rica, meeting with a small group of women. Suddenly I couldn’t understand a word they were saying. Continue »
The apostle Thomas was blessed to see Jesus. But what about us?
The apostle Thomas is best remembered as the doubter—a stubborn realist who needed hard evidence before he would believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. Continue »
Have you ever read a newspaper story about a prison inmate who was facing execution? Or perhaps you’ve seen a movie that depicts a convict on death row. It’s a very intense situation, and the condemned man tends to be solemn, quiet, and reflective. Continue »
Jesus of Nazareth identified himself with the poor. He who pronounced the words “This is my body” over the bread said the very same words about the poor. Continue »
By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Continue »
As winter gives way to spring, God offers us a new life in his Spirit.
Spring is a time of anticipation. Winter has faded, and we all begin to look for signs of new life. The sun is closer to us and the earth is warmer. Continue »
Keeping the Fire of the Holy Spirit Burning in Our Hearts
How do we accept the call to discipleship with eagerness, enthusiasm, and fervor, willing to lay our lives down for the Lord, no matter the cost? How do we keep the fire of the Holy Spirit burning in our hearts? . . . Continue »
God loves to bless us and build us into the likeness of Jesus, his only Son.
For a number of years, “WWJD” wristbands and bumper stickers were popular among young people. The initials stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” and were meant to help people ask in every situation, “How am I living right now?” “What am I thinking in this situation?” “What would Jesus do in the same circumstance?” This is the same urgent message that Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount: How are we living today, right now? Continue »
Let’s not limit what God can do in us!
As we begin a new year, and as we contemplate our resolutions, let’s take a look at a few predictions from the past. Continue »
On Christmas Day, Jesus brought in a whole new kingdom.
What do you think about when you hear the word "invasion"? Do you perhaps recall the invasion of June 6, 1944, when millions of British, United States, and Canadian forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to liberate Western Europe from Nazi control? Continue »
A Strange Place To Find Peace on Earth
When the Mexican teenager walked into the county jail, he was understandably nervous. Continue »